Judy Greer's Big Bang

By Tim Surette

May 11, 2010

For a sitcom that delivers what it promises week in and week out, The Big Bang Theory doesn't get as much ink around here as it should. True, it isn't as daring as 30 Rock, hilarious as Modern Family, or outlandish as Community. Yet The Big Bang Theory serves its purpose as consistently entertaining comedy, even with its incredibly annoying laugh track.

But this week's episode delivered something special in the form of guest star Judy Greer, who continues to be a bridesmaid and not a bride when it comes to starring in a sitcom. Greer played acclaimed physicist Dr. Elizabeth Plimpton, a friend of Sheldon's who was staying with him for a few days, and she instantly felt like a long-lost part of the show.

Of course, to use Greer as a humorless dweeb would be a waste, so her character was written to her talents: Namely, playing a horned-up sex kitten with a penchant for role play and gangbangs. The thought of Leonrad, Raj, and Howard playing naked Twister with a female physicist is funny enough, but throwing Greer into the mix made it even better.

And that's the Judy Greer Effect: She instantly makes anything she appears in that much funnier. Just as she did on Arrested Development, where she played the boob-baring secretary Kitty Sanchez. Just as she did on Modern Family, where she played Phil's former girlfriend who couldn't wait to get him in the sack. Just as she does on Archer, where she plays Cheryl/Carol/Cristal, the admin with a runaway libido and a hankering for erotic asphyxiation. And just as she'll likely do next week, when she guests on How I Met Your Mother as one of Ted's dates.

But this guest-star stuff needs to stop. It's high time for Greer to land the coveted lead role on a sitcom that actually survives. I had high hopes for her 2008 sitcom Miss Guided, especially after the hilarious trailers, but that fizzled out due in part to the writers' strike.

Greer may be all over television these days, but we still can't get enough of her.

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  • MaxWilder May 16, 2010

    The Big Bang Theory is the only sitcom I watch. As much as I would like it to be single camera without studio audience reaction, I would appreciate it if you didn't insult the show and production company with the term "laugh track".

  • Loooooooooooost May 12, 2010

    Anything Judy Greer does is my favorite role ever. I have been a fan since that god-awful movie Jawbreakers!

  • suzieqster May 12, 2010

    She was also hysterically funny in the episode where

    Judith got re-married (she was Herb's sister), in Two & 1/2 Men. We NEED to see more of this gal - she classes up any show she's on!

  • ll-essy May 12, 2010

    Big Bang is my favorite comedy at this moment, it deserves more credit than this!

  • joeca1234 May 12, 2010

    How can you say Modern Family is more hilarious than "big bang" Modern Family is just plain awful. The middle is better than Modern Family but Big Bang is a Joy to watch, possible the 2nd best thing on TV.

  • mgfish May 12, 2010

    She had her own good show with Miss Guided. It was too bad that did not take.

  • Ralfberg May 12, 2010

    CharleneYang Posted 05/11/2010 23:28:55

    I wanted to post the same thing - they dont use a laugh track, maybe in some parts where laughs doesnt fit like they should(also in Friends they did that if someone laughed too long or smth, they put in that place canned laughs(laugh track)), but they use public.

  • shocker713 May 12, 2010

    What, no love for Trixie from Californication?

  • lagataporcristo May 12, 2010

    I wish "Big Bang Theory" episodes were offered online for free. :-( I saw the pilot episode on YouTube and that's all I've been able to watch. I fell in love with one episode. And apparently this the fifth season?? I never heard of it until I had those annoying commercials playing over and over again when I was watching "Friends" reruns on wb.com.

  • CrashMacKenzie May 11, 2010

    I can speak from personal experience that Big Bang is filmed in front of an audience. Whether that laughter or canned laughter is used when the show airs, I cannot say.

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